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Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning #6) by P.C. Cast


Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning, #6)

Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning #6)

Rating: 5/5

Description:
The Goddesses have had it with the Trojan War. So much devastation—all because of some silly male egos. The worst of the bunch is that cocky, handsome brute Achilles. But the only way to stop a man like Achilles is to distract him with something far more pleasurable than combat…Enter Kat, a modern girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Goddesses transform her into a Trojan princess, having no doubt that she’ll capture Achilles’s attention. But can her independent spirit match the unquenchable fire of his epic rage? Goddess only knows.
 
My thoughts:
 
First Line: “Thetis of the Silver Feet rose from the depths of the hidden cove.”This was a solid read – very much in line with the other books in Cast’s Goddess series. There is, of course, a modern mortal and her bestest friend who die in a tragic car accident. But, thanks to the interference of the ancient goddesses, their souls are rescued from eternity and dragged back to the Trojan war. The goddesses are sick of the rumors connecting them to the never-ending conflict and Hera is especially ticked when her sacred chambers are sacked and her priestesses murdered by warriors. Their goal is to take Achilles out of the game so that the war will end. They believe that the spunk of a modern woman is just the thing to break past the icy exterior that Achilles presents to the world – and of course they are right. Achilles was in the model of most of Cast’s heroes – deeply wounded, lonely, and desperate for love. He was a descent hero, although not one who will stay with me for long. My favorite aspect of the story was actually the friendship between the two women dragged out of their own world and into a war – Kat (the heroine) and Jacky her best-friend-turned-handmaiden. Their reactions throughout the story were hilarious, and despite their new hard reality, they continued to bicker, and laugh, and generally support each other as friends should. I very much enjoyed the way that Cast twisted the history and myth together to form something completely new. She also offered an interesting interpretation of the whole Trojan Horse thing – one that actually makes a bit of sense if you take the magic out of it. Overall, it was an interesting, entertaining, and unique read and I have been pleasantly surprised with this new brand of romance. -Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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Goddess of Love (Goddess Summoning #5) by P.C. Cast


Goddess of Love (Goddess Summoning, #5)

Goddess of Love (Goddess Summoning #5)

Rating: 4/5
Descripton;

With “humor and verve,” (Publishers Weekly) Cast tells the story of the mythical Venus who comes to life to help a nerdy woman find her inner goddess. Pea Chamberlain needs a makeover-shoes, hair, clothes, make-up-if she wants to attract an Ÿbersexy fireman. And who could better coax Pea out of her pod than the Goddess of Love, whom she invokes in a moment of desperation? Venus works her magic on Pea, but who will help her when she falls for that same sexy fireman? Could Venus need a love makeover for herself? Check out the five-alarm heat when the Goddess of Love unexpectedly loses her heart.

 
My thoughts:
“Venus was restless.” This was another great novel in Cast’s Goddess Summoning series. I don’t usually enjoy romance novels that combine two or more love stories. However, the two stories in Goddess of Love compliment each other well. It was also nice to see a goddess getting some love. In the previous books, the story revolves around a mortal woman who summons a goddess to help her in some way and ends up entangled and falling in love with a god or other mythical creature. In this book, something similar happens when Pea, a socially awkward but kind woman, summons the goddess of love for help attracting men. The twist is, though, that when Venus comes to her aide, the goddess find herself falling in love with the guy Pea is crushing on. Don’t worry though, the extremely sexy God of Fire will track down Pea and catch her eye. Both of the romantic relationships worked well and were nice and steamy. However, I also loved the friendship that developed between Pea and Venus. The best part, though, was that when Venus goes online to research modern behavior, she learns quite a bit from my favorite blog – Smart B*tches, Trashy Books. I loved that these awesome reviewers of romance got a cameo and in an awesome book. I can’t wait to get the next in this series. Tone: Feminine, Spunky, Hot 
Setting: Oklahoma, Tulsa, Mount Olympus 
Characters: Gods, Goddesses, College Department Director, Strong Women 
Language: Witty, Upbeat, Inspirational 
Pace: Steady-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning #2) by P.C. Cast


Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning, #2)

Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning #2)

rating: 4/5
Description:
To save her failing bakery, Lina trades souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring–and starts falling for hunky Hades.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
Middle aged Carolina Santoro has just discovered that her struggling bakery is heavily in debt to the IRS. Trying to rework her menu to attract more business, she’s poring over old cookbooks one night and after several glasses of wine she unknowingly invokes the aid of Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest. It’s perfect timing for Demeter needs a host body to place her daughter, Persephone, the Goddess of Spring. She wants her daughter to grow a little, away from her influence. Demeter promises that Lina will soon have a thriving business if she will go to Hades as Persephone and try and spread a little joy among the souls who bemoan the lack of a goddess. With hardly a moment of preparation, Lina is soon on her way, guided by the soul of Eurydice. When she meets Hades she’s dumbfounded to find a magnificent if broody male god. She quickly charms her way past his “dread steeds” and right into his heart. Poor misunderstood Hades soon delights in his feelings of love for Persephone and Lina just as quickly delights in loving Hades, but she’s held back by the knowledge that she will be with him only temporarily and by the fact that Hades thinks she’s a goddess and she’s sure he could never love a middle aged mortal woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was such a charming story. I absolutely adored it. Hades was a hunky and brooding character and I just loved the way P.C. Cast created him. He’s desperate to love and is very different from his fellow gods and goddesses. He’s enchanted by the presence of soul mates and whenever he sees them it makes him crave that closeness. A closeness he thinks he’ll never have. Until Lina bursts into the Underworld and spreads her own brand of joy among everyone. When he finds out she’s not what he thinks, he’s upset and when Lina returns to Tulsa he can only hope the promise that soulmates will always find one another will hold true for him, too. The Underworld was a great character in of itself and P.C. Cast generously peppered it with some great and unique beings. Hades and Lina spend a lot of time touring the Underworld and Lina spends a lot of time learning about her temporary goddess powers. The ending of this book was lovely. I thought it was very sweet and “awwww” worthy. The H/H were great together, the sex was very sensual and loving, and at the end of this book all I wanted to do was frolic. There is a lot of frolicking in this book and it was very cute-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
 

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Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning #1) by P.C. Cast


Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1)

Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning #1)

RATING: 4/5
DESCRIPTION:
On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should he falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.
 
 
MY THOUGHTS:
 
“Goddess of the Sea” is my first foray into P.C. Cast’s ‘Goddess Summoning’ series about normal women transformed by their willingness to believe in the spark of the Feminine Devine that makes all women magical! But the series is not about witchcraft and crones and spells and such, rather it celebrates the female viewpoint and the joys to be found in the care of tending of beauty in whatever form it’s found, whether it’s nature, art, or humanity.
 
CC is an Air Force Sergeant who’s afraid of flying and not too fond of water either! So when the C-130 aircraft taking her to Saudi Arabia crashes in the Mediterranean, she’s terrified. She becomes entangled with the sinking plane and is sure she’s about to die. Then she’s rescued by–a mermaid? And the mermaid is asking whether or not she wants to live…well, duh?! Suddenly she’s trapped in the body of the mermaid and there’s a merman after her and another merman who’s really hot and…oh wait, you guys need to read the book to get the rest of the story.
 
Cast’s story is an enchanting mix of fairy tale, drama, magic, love, and discovery. I probably read WAY more into this tale, but here’s a few things I took away from this book.
-No matter what kinds of physical/physiological changes occur, we’ll still be the same inside.
-There’s no ‘magic bullet’ to solve problems, it takes a combination of innovative thought and the will to try new things and maybe even look silly doing so!
-Not even a whole group of men is a match for one determined woman ***big grin***.
-Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and what’s inside will never fade or wither (stole part of that phrase from the Bible).
-We are always stronger when we lean on our friends.
-Love is worth sacrificing for. Sometimes the sorrow of love lost seems unbearable, but there’s no telling what’s around the next corner.
I could go on, but I think these were the ‘biggies’.
 
It’s obvious that Cast has done her homework regarding the USAF. As a proud veteran, I appreciated her attention to the terminology, names, and places that give this story it’s ‘real’ contemporary feeling. I also appreciated that the heroine is enlisted, yet still a strong, feminine woman with ethics and morals. The threads of this tale were woven together skillfully and it was a very smooth read. Although the romance and passion were fairly quick, it was necessary to the author’s plot and this is a kind of fairy tale! And speaking of passion, if you’ve ever wondered how merpeople ‘do it’, you’ve really got to read this one. She did a grand job of depicting sensual lovemaking with legs AND fins!
 
“Goddess” of the Sea” is a love story. It also imparts a message of feminine empowerment and strength without denigrating the male gender and that’s not so easily done. P.C. Cast has penned a tale that will entertain you. It will also make you laugh and make you cry…but end with a smile on your face.
 
 
-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
 

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Divine By Mistake (Partholon #1) by P.C. Cast


Divine By Mistake (Partholon, #1)

Divine By Mistake (Partholon #1)
Rating: 5/5
Description:
The only excitement Shannon Parker expects while on summer vacation is a little shopping. But when an antique vase calls to her, she finds herself transported to Partholon, where she’s treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess…
Somehow Shannon has stepped into another’s role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while there’s an upside—what woman doesn’t like lots of pampering?—it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and threats against her new people. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she’s her double.
Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind….
 
Review:
Okay. So I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf long enough to forget when and where I bought it. I only remember that I thought it sounded good, so I did. When my crazy, hectic schedule finally let me get around to it, I have to say that I was sad that it took so long. I laughed so hard through the first snarky chapters of this book that it almost bordered on the ridiculous. I’m talking “hee-hawing,” snorting, gut laughs that leave your eyes so full of tears that it becomes difficult to read. There’s nothing like throwing an independent, modern woman back in time to mess things up a bit and shower a bit of confusion with all of her modern-day references. I like that this book was different from all the other paranormal stuff that’s out there, dealing with time travel, goddesses and the like. I also enjoyed the fact that the hero in this story was a bit different too. I found him to be endearing, strong, and well-bred…ha, ha…just read the book! You will see what I mean. I only wish there had been more one on one time with the romantic leads. They never really had much time together with everything else always getting in the way. This book was divided into three parts and I have to say the first two parts were like a 10 star read to me. I had a harder time with the third part of the book, just because it focused on a LOT of battling, and the “hairier” side of things, but it was still intense. I did notice a little something that seemed like it could be a serious plot flaw right near the end, and the story after the battle seemed to halt rather abruptly, which kind of made it fall flat for me. 

The very ending aside, I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the others in the series. 

-Kathy @SMBSLT

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast


Marked (House of Night, #1)

Marked (House of Night #1)

Rating: 5/5
Marked (House of Night, #1)

 

Description:
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
 
 
 
Review:
My friend got me this book, not thinking i would like it because she picked it out i didn’t read it for awhile.  But when i was in cabo i got real board, so i read this book. and it now is definitively one of my favorits.its about this girl that gets “marked” as they call it, she turns into a vampire and being marked is what they call it in the town they are in. So she gets marked and when she does she goes to see her grandma because she knows her grandma will accept her no matter what shinnagins she gets into. While shes looking for her grandma she trips and falls and becomes unconscious, during this state she meets the goddess of like all beings, and when she wakes up shes in the house of night. With a filled in Mark which is really rare. So everyone pretty much looks up to her because only the upper classmen have filled in marks.Her room mate is Stevie ray who has a country accent and definitely doesn’t have a good sense of style. She always ways country boots. and stevie rae introduces her to all her friends which consist of the twins, which aren’t really twins they met at the house of night and ones african american and the other is white i think? but anyways they have the abilty to feel eachothers emoitons and finsih eachothers statements. Then there’s Damien who is gay. and really really smart.On one of the first nights that she is there, her ex-almost-boyfriend and her ex-bestfriend kayle come and try to break her outt. Which leads to her drinking heath’s blood and her really liking it and then erik seeing it and her finding nyla her cat.(cat’s chose there owners not the other way around)Very good book, and i recommend it to anyone who likes vamprye books.
 
-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime
 
 

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